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Jean McLernon

Columnist / Weekend Roundup


Motion happened last friday and it was crazy

On Friday night Motion happened at Barrymore’s and they had an insane turnout. Bydek Group, DNA Presents and Straight Goods were all big name organizers for the show and worked collaboratively to bring an all Canadian show to the stage. Their efforts certainly didn’t go unnoticed. The show was crazy. If you want a little […]

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa + Les suggestions @Basement819

Welcome to 2015, readers! The new year kicked off with a bang, and hopefully you were all able to relax and enjoy a break before getting back to work. January may be a time when most things slow down, but this city doesn’t believe in slow weekends and has plenty of music and indoor activities […]

Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend? + Originals ticket giveaway

Ottawa, we really should have seen this coming after yesterday’s storm warning about the Dec 10th snowfall. Now, I know how tempting it is to shake down the nearest grocery store for all the egg nog they have in stock and take to the couch until it all goes away, but you would be missing […]

Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa + Le weekend @Basement819

Less than a month till Christmas, and already we’re alternating between snowfall and flooding. The true Canadian way is to persevere through the most bipolar of weather, and the best method of forgetting your dwindling bank account is to get out and do things! Let’s start off with what the musical community has to offer […]

Bourbon Week on now until the 27th

Bourbon. The name immediately evokes images of Tom Waits, smokey bars and amber liquor. The smell is sharp like scotch, but has an underlying sweetness to it that warms you from the inside as you sip it. It’s that good, and more. Which is why Ottawa now has a whole week of it. Bourbon Week […]

Weekend Roundup + Martini Madness giveaway

The rain has come but our spirits aren’t dampened, Ottawa. We’ll kick this weekend roundup off early this week and start with the 9th Annual Martini Madness in support of Crohn’s and Colitis tonight. Martini Madness has raised over $150,000 for Crohn’s and Colitis research to date, and in addition to funding research for the […]

Weekend Roundup: What to do + Introducing Les suggestions @Basement819

Halloween is just around the corner and there’s plenty of fun to be had in preparation for next week’s festivities. We’ve got everything from Poutinefest to beatboxing burlesque to keep yourself entertained and warm this weekend, so let’s get started. Want to take in some art and culture this weekend? John Wenzel is Exhibiting all […]

Got a craving for some EFT-up comedy?

Chris Hannay did. That’s why when he first moved to Ottawa with his EFT-up co-founding girlfriend Dani Alon, getting involved in the limited improv scene was a must. He quickly investigated and built relationships with other improv enthusiasts and groups like GRIMprov that has workshops for people wanting more exposure to improv; and Crush Improv […]

Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa

Thanksgiving weekend is upon us, and with that marks the season where the outdoor activities wind down and the indoor activities rev up. There’s plenty of Thanksgiving themed fun all over the city, and whether you’ve got kids or you’re still one yourself, make sure you get out and enjoy all the fall festivities. Saturday […]

Mosely and the Big Money Shot tonight at Ritual

Ottawa’s hottest up and coming alternative rock band Mosely hits the stage this weekend for another round of Live 88.5’s Big Money Shot. Mosely has been making their mark in Ottawa for the last several years and their new single ‘Friends’ is a rock ballad that further solidifies the bands staying power. Mosely shares the […]

Aurora Borealis screens best short films from around the country

Jean McLernon is the Executive Assistant / Event Planner for the Ottawa International Film Festival. Tomorrow night is a very special screening for the Ottawa International Film Festival and the City of Ottawa. The city holds many events throughout the summer, and one of its last special events for the season is a film screening. […]

Sweet Bakery brings the taste of Persia to your door

Sweet Bakery is Ottawa’s newest solution to gluten intolerance and vegan dietary restrictions. These Persian sweets are best served with black tea or coffee, and are deliciously sweet without being overwhelming. Sweet Bakery officially launched in May 2014 at Ravenswing Festival. The bakery put together several boxes of gluten free sweets, and by the end […]

Catch some fem-slamming action this Saturday

This Saturday Ottawa Roller Derby’s team the Bytowne Blackhearts takes to the track against Cornwall’s Power Dames.  This full contact roller derby bout jumps into action on July 26th at Brewer Arena. The doors open at 6:30 pm and admission to this fem-slamming event costs only $10 ($8 if you buy in advance). The Bytown […]